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Japanese town's controversial dolphin hunt begins

Toukyo - A small Japanese town began its controversial dolphin hunt on Thursday after bad weather delayed the start, according to a local fisheries official, while a separate whaling hunt was due to start at the weekend.

Japan releases 'Flipper' dolphin trainer after arrest

Toukyo - Japanese police said Wednesday that they have released US animal rights activist Ric O'Barry, who trained dolphins for the TV show "Flipper", after he was arrested near the infamous whaling town of Taiji.

Taiwan 'porn star' travel cards sell out amid controversy

Taipei - Thousands of prepaid travel cards featuring a popular Japanese porn star sold out in a matter of hours in Taipei on Tuesday, despite a groundswell of objection from women's groups and politicians.

Japan arrests 'Flipper' trainer as dolphin hunt starts

Toukyo - Japanese police said Tuesday they had arrested US animal rights activist Ric O'Barry, who trained dolphins for the TV show "Flipper", near the town of Taiji as it kicked off its controversial dolphin hunt.

Split emerges in Japan's biggest 'yakuza' gang

Toukyo - A rift has emerged in Japan's largest "yakuza" organised crime syndicate, the government has said, with police warning that the split could lead to a wave of gang violence.

Toyota to restart Tianjin operations after giant blasts

Toukyo - Japanese auto giant Toyota said Wednesday it would gradually restart operations in Tianjin after halting production in the wake of deadly explosions at a hazardous goods facility in the Chinese port city.

Obama says sorry to Japan after WikiLeaks claims of US spying

Toukyo - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday apologised to Tokyo after WikiLeaks claimed Washington had spied on Japanese politicians, a government spokesman said.

Typhoon Goni slams into Japanese mainland

Toukyo - Typhoon Goni slammed into the Japanese mainland Tuesday, leaving at least one person missing, more than 70 others injured and disrupting rail and flight services, as authorities urged more than 600,000 people to leave homes.

Typhoon Goni threatens Japan after killing 26 in Philippines

Manila - Typhoon Goni killed at least 26 people in landslides and floods in the Philippines, officials said Monday, as the storm bore down on Japan.

Japan premier hits out at Russian PM's visit to disputed islands

Toukyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday criticised his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev's weekend visit to disputed islands, aggravating a long-running dispute over the archipelago.

Huge blaze breaks out at steel plant near Tokyo's Haneda airport

Toukyo - A huge blaze broke out Monday at a steel pipe plant near Tokyo's Haneda airport, a fire department official said, as television images showed plumes of thick black smoke and flames shooting up into the air.

US military depot blast, steel plant blaze hit Tokyo

Sagamihara - A blast ripped through a warehouse at a US military post on Monday and started a fire, while a blaze broke out at a steel plant, in separate accidents around the Japanese capital.

Pentagon confirms blast at U.S. military post in Japan

Toukyo - A blast ripped through a US military post near Tokyo early Monday, triggering a fire, the Pentagon confirmed, noting that no injuries had been reported.

Bitcoin CEO's arrest leaves trail of unanswered questions

Toukyo - The arrest of MtGox boss Mark Karpeles has begun to shed light on the defunct Bitcoin exchange after hundreds of millions of dollars in virtual currency vanished from its digital vaults last year.

Typhoon Goni ravages Philippines, heads towards Japan

Manila - A weakened Typhoon Goni was headed towards Japan on Sunday, after leaving at least 10 dead in the northern Philippines and causing thousands of people to be evacuated in Taiwan.

Russian PM visits disputed Kuril islands, triggering Japan protest

Moscow - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday visited the Kuril islands, prompting a swift rebuke from Tokyo, which claims sovereignty over the archipelago in a long-running dispute.

China slams Japan after Abe's wife visits war shrine

Bejing - China on Friday hit out at Japan after the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni Shrine, saying the country should "deeply reflect" on its history of aggression.

Japan kicks off annual live fire drills at Mt. Fuji

Gotemba - Japan's Self Defence Forces (SDF) on Tuesday began four days of live-fire drills near Mount Fuji, in an annual exercise that comes as Tokyo tries to expand the role of the military.

Queen leads Britain's VJ anniversary commemorations

London - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II led commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of VJ Day, joining veterans and former prisoners of war for a service in London.

Japan: Probable eruption of volcano near restarted nuclear plant

Kagoshima - The Japanese Meteorological Agency said Saturday that Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture is showing signs of increased volcanic activity, and residents should be prepared to evacuate. The volcano is 31 miles from the restarted Sendai nuclear plant.

Japan emperor says feels 'profound remorse' over WWII

Toukyo - Japan's emperor Akihito said on Saturday that he felt "profound remorse" over World War II -- a conflict that Tokyo fought in the name of his father Hirohito -- on the 70th anniversary of the war's end.

Tokyo 2020 logo designer apologises in new plagiarism row

Toukyo - The designer of Tokyo's 2020 Olympics logo has apologised after admitting his team traced the designs used for a Suntory promotion campaign, as he faces plagiarism allegations over the Games design.

S. Korea president says Abe WWII speech fell short

Seoul - South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Saturday urged Japan to match its words with deeds, after a speech by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressing remorse over wartime aggression fell short of Seoul's expectations.

China denounces Japan ministers' Yasukuni shrine visits

Bejing - China's foreign ministry on Saturday voiced "strong dissatisfaction" over a visit by a trio of Japanese cabinet ministers to Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni shrine.

Japan marks end of WWII under criticism from China, South Korea

Toukyo - Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II Saturday under criticism from China and South Korea, which said nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe failed to properly apologise for Tokyo's past aggression.

Japan PM expresses WWII remorse, previous apologies "unshakeable"

Toukyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed deep remorse Friday over World War II and said previous national apologies were unshakeable, but emphasised future generations should not have to keep saying sorry.

Two Japanese climbers found dead in Swiss Alps: Official

Toukyo - The bodies of two Japanese climbers have been found on the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps, a Tokyo official said Wednesday, three days after the pair got into difficulty on the mountain.

Japan ends nuclear shutdown sparked by Fukushima crisis

Toukyo - Japan on Tuesday restarted its nuclear power programme after a shutdown triggered by the 2011 Fukushima crisis, as the government pushes to return to a cheaper energy source despite widespread public opposition.

Pope says never again, recalling 'horrific' WWII atomic bombings

Vatican City - Pope Francis said Sunday that the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings still evoked "horror and revulsion" 70 years on and called for a ban on nuclear arms and weapons of mass destruction.

Japan's Abe rapped as Nagasaki marks 70th anniversary of A-bomb

Toukyo - Japan on Sunday marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki that claimed more than 74,000 lives, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came under fire for his attempts to expand the military's role.
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